What is Parent Participation?

Parent Participation is when parents and carers  get involved in service planning and decision making

With true co-production services can better meet the needs of families with children & young people with disabilities and additional needs.

Effective parent participation happens when parents work alongside professionals to co design, develop and improve services.

Working with parents and carers helps professionals to understand what needs to happen to develop or plan for services that meet really families’ needs, it also helps parents and carers understand the complexity involved and the challenges faced by the professionals who have to bring about that change. Working together and sharing knowledge enables parents and professionals to find solutions that work through working in a solutions focused way.

South Glos Parents and Carers strongly believe along with other forums across England that in order to have effective partnership working with the best outcomes you need the following:

Good Information, Honest Consultation, Effective Participation and Co-production.

We strive to have services meet us at the co-production rung of the ladder chart below that clearly demonstrates the differences between approaches. When this happens the positive outcomes are great; increased wellbeing and reduced waste of financial resources.

Ladder of Participation